Intellectual Property

The problematic process of trademarking trends

Trademarks are words, services, symbols or designs created to identify goods or services from one party to another.  They also seek to maintain the reputational value of a brand while helping to defend itself from counterfeiters or fraudsters. But thanks to the current ‘meme’ culture that has proliferated across the Internet, we are seeing a […]

Are defensive gTLD registrations worth it?

New generic top-level domains (gTLDs) have been on the radar of C-level teams for a number of years now, and they are still just as hotly debated as they were when they were first introduced. With 1,200 gTLDs already delegated and more to come, they will continue to be a primary focus for brands looking […]

Selling High Profile Domains

Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain? The simple answer is ‘yes.’ Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain for its maximum value? This question is much more complicated, and the majority of the time the answer is ‘no.’ When selling a high value premium domain, there are two […]

Hachette UK acts up over ‘Five Go’ theatre comedy show

If you’ve stepped foot into a bookshop within the last year or so, chances are you’ve seen the ‘grown-up’ parodies of Enid Blyton’s well-known Famous Five series adorning the shelves. Ever since Hachette UK acquired the rights to the books through Enid Blyton Entertainment, titles such as Five on Brexit Island and Five Give Up […]

Assessing Domains for Non-Renewal

As expiration dates approach for domains in your portfolio, you may be asking if there are any domains that should be let go. Before setting a domain name to Do Not Renew, it is essential to consider some of the key implications of releasing a domain. First, consider the yearly costs incurred by holding the […]

The importance of dashboards

It can be frustrating when you don’t have information at your fingertips. With IP departments under increasing scrutiny, the pressure to deliver value add is more extreme than ever. IP professionals often face the challenge of pulling and manipulating data from multiple sources manually which can be inefficient, suboptimal and tedious. Dashboards are the key.  […]

Just how easy is it to trademark a hand gesture?

If you’ve ever been to see a heavy metal concert, the chances are likely that at least once you have seen someone with their hand held aloft, their index and pinky fingers pointed upwards and their thumb perpendicular. It’s a common gesture that many people know as the ‘devil’s horns’, and is also the American […]

Yearbook 2017/2018 – A global guide for practitioners

The number of trademark applications is rising each year as a result of the ease of reaching consumers through the Internet and the globalisation of markets. While some (eg, China) are registering more marks than others, this increase is a worldwide trend. According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, there was a 2.7% rise in […]

Moving to a .LAW Domain: Insights into the Domain Name Change Process

MarkMonitor continually seeks to provide its corporate clients relevant and timely services that can help them manage their domain name portfolios. An important example of this is facilitating the submission of domain disputes, for which we have collaborated with The GigaLaw Firm (hereafter, GigaLaw) for the past decade. GigaLaw founder Doug Isenberg recently announced an […]

Phishers Specialize in Using Loopholes: IDN Homographic Attacks

In March of this year brand owners operating an ecommerce presence on the Internet became generally aware of a buggy issue in how Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are displayed in the address bar of a browser. Dependent upon the domain name, and language used, a user could incorrectly believe they were at a legitimate site. […]